Police: Couple used delivery job to target victims

by: Catherine Bilkey Updated:

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UNION COUNTY, S.C. —

Police say a man and woman delivering newspapers to homes across Union County used their jobs to commit crimes.

Detectives believe they were breaking into homes they delivered to after subscribers put their newspapers on hold while they went on vacation.

The O'Briens have been waiting for this capture for months.

It was during spring break when they came home and found a window broken and their jewelry and valuables gone.

"I was impressed they found them because the police did a good job. They came in and connected all the dots," said Chris O'Brien.

Investigators arrested Amanda Rae Bowers and Charles Earnest Bowers. The two lived 10 minutes away from the O'Briens.

"I came home and there was 13 cars. We counted them and they all had cops in them," said neighbor Diana Baron. "It kind of makes sense now because that was their job to deliver newspapers and I don't know many adults that can get by on that kind of a job."

Investigators said dozens of victims were impacted over the past year. Investigators said the thieves took easy-to-sell items. The O'Briens have not recovered what was stolen.

The Bowers bonded out of jail Friday. Neighbors said they had recently moved from their home.